The Wall Street Journal: Maine Republican Collins won’t quit Senate to run for governor

Susan Collins says she’ll stay in the Senate

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, a centrist Republican who has been a decisive vote in thwarting some of President Donald Trump’s legislative agenda, on Friday ended months of speculation and said she would not quit the Senate to run for governor.

Collins seriously considered running for governor in 2018 to succeed two-term Maine Gov. Paul LePage, who is barred from running for another term, instead of finishing her Senate term, which ends in 2020.

“I realized how much remains to be done in a divided and troubled Washington if we are to serve the people of our states,” she said in announcing her decision to a business group in Rockport, Maine. “I am a congenital optimist, and I continue to believe that Congress can—and will—be more productive.”

An expanded version of this story is available at WSJ.com.

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